Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Celeb Ambassador Lisa smashes Celebrity Catchphrase

Andy Hopkinson | 8th December 2021

Congratulations and a huge thank you to our brilliant Celebrity Ambassador Lisa Snowdon, who smashed it on Celebrity Catchphrase at the weekend, raising a wonderful £14,500 towards our lifesaving and life-changing work.

Meningitis Now Celebrity Ambassador Lisa Snowdon - Celebrity Catchphrase

Not only that, but Lisa was also able to double the contributions for the other two contestants - actress Sair Khan and radio DJ Jordan North - and the charities they were supporting in the 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' themed edition of the quiz show.

Lisa told host Stephen Mulhern that Catchphrase is a legendary show and that she has been known to play along with it at home. But she also admitted to a 'mixture of excitement and nerves' as the episode got underway. She was soon into her stride though, with some expert 'pressing and guessing'. 

The programme, which requires contestants to identify a well-known phrase or saying from an animation, soon saw Lisa racking up the money as she identified ‘Named and shamed’, ‘Hitting a bum note’ and ‘Don't scare the horses’ as the correct answers to the first few animations.

And so it continued, leaving her to face the final pyramid challenge and the chance to win £50,000 for us. 

Really shaky knees

"I'm getting more nervous” she told her host. "I've got a really dry mouth and really shaky knees.” But that didn't stop her correctly guessing three more answers, including the special starred one to double her fellow contestants’ money. She left the show with a fabulous £14,500 for us, and helped towards a grand total for all three charities of £25,900.

Lisa was also able to talk about our work and relate her own experience of meningitis, helping to raise valuable awareness on the prime-time weekend show.

It's not the first time Lisa has been before the cameras for us this year – back in April she headed up the BBC Lifeline Appeal with our executive founder Steve Dayman, raising over £21,000 towards our work. The 10-minute programme focused on our impact on fighting meningitis and highlighted the vital support we provide. See more here.

Viral meningitis

Her passion for our work started after she contracted viral meningitis a few years back, which left her fighting to recover for three months. You can read Lisa’s story here.

Now we’re left wondering if there’s anything this super supporter can't do? Thank you so much once again Lisa – together, with your support, we will defeat meningitis in the UK within a generation.

If you missed the programme find it on ITV catch-up here.